Intranasal immunization of mice with recombinant Streptococcus gordonii expressing NadA of Neisseria meningitidis induces systemic bactericidal antibodies and local IgA

Annalisa Ciabattini, Barbara Giomarelli, Riccardo Parigi, Damiana Chiavolini, Elena Pettini, Beatrice Aricò, Marzia M. Giuliani, Laura Santini, Donata Medaglini, Gianni Pozzi

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Abstract

NadA and NhhA, two surface proteins of serogroup B Neisseria meningitidis identified as candidate vaccine antigens, were expressed on the surface of the human oral commensal bacterium Streptococcus gordonii. Recombinant strains were used to immunize BALB/c mice by the intranasal route and the local and systemic immune response was assessed. Mice were inoculated with recombinant bacteria administered alone or with LTR72, a partially inactivated mutant of Escherichia coli heat-labile enterotoxin, as a mucosal adjuvant. Intranasal immunization with live bacteria expressing NadA induced a significant serum antibody response, with a prevalence of the IgG2a subclass, bactericidal activity in the sera of 71% of animals, and a NadA-specific IgA response in nasal and bronchoalveolar lavages. A formalin-inactivated recombinant strain of S. gordonii expressing NadA was also administered intranasally, inducing a systemic and mucosal humoral response comparable to that of live bacteria. The administration of recombinant bacteria with the mucosal adjuvant LTR72 stimulated a stronger systemic antibody response, protective in 85% of sera, while did not increase the local IgA response. Recombinant S. gordonii expressing NhhA induced a systemic but not mucosal antibody response. These data support the role of NadA as vaccine candidate against serogroup B meningococci, and the use of S. gordonii as vector for intranasal vaccination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4244-4250
Number of pages7
JournalVaccine
Volume26
Issue number33
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 5 2008

Keywords

  • Mucosal vaccines
  • Protection
  • Recombinant bacteria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • veterinary(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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